How to Change Your Name on a Passport Legally
An "entry" indicates the number of times you are allowed to enter the country with the visa.
Single - The visa will allow a traveler to enter the country one time
Double - The visa will allow the traveler to enter the country two times.
Triple - The visa will allow the traveler to enter the country three times.
Multiple - The visa will allow the traveler to enter the country, essentially, an unlimited number of times.
Please note: Not all countries offer all options. Some countries may only offer a single entry, some may only offer single or multiple entry, and others may only offer multiple entry visas.
It is important to consider the number of entries for a few reasons. Generally speaking, multiple entry visas are valid for a longer period of time. For instance, a single entry will generally only be valid to be used within a few months whereas a multiple entry visa will generally be valid for a year or longer. If you may travel to the country in the future, obtaining a multiple entry visa now may save you money in the long run.
It is also important to consider the details of your trip. If you travel from the U.S. to India for a week, then travel to Indonesia for a week, and then connect back through India on your way home, this may be considered entering India twice, even if only to catch a flight. If traveling to China, taking a day trip to Hong Kong is considered an "exit" from China and then a "re-entry" upon return.
The passport card is a credit-card size U.S. passport that, just like a passport book, is proof of U.S. citizenship and identity but can ONLY be used to re-enter the United States at land border crossings and sea ports-of-entry from:
The passport card cannot be used for international air travel.
Please note: Just like passport books, passport cards are valid for 10 years for applicants 16 and older and 5 years for applicants under 16.
To change the name on a passport, the applicant must provide original name change documentation such as a marriage certificate or divorce decree. These types of documents are verified by the US State Department and then a new passport is issued with the name change. When submitting a US passport application name change, note that the original passport with the previous name will be cancelled. Any valid visas, with some exceptions, may no longer be valid. This is a downside to processing a passport name change application.
(if the below criteria are not met, please select a different passport service above)
Applicant must submit their current passport. Current passport will be returned marked "Cancelled" by the US State Department along with new passport reflecting name change.
Applicant must submit two (2) identical, color, passport style photographs. These may be obtained at many post offices, Kinkos, Mailboxes Etc or similar locations.
Applicant must submit original or certified copy of the marriage certificate (not a license) or a court decree ordering a name change or an adoption. The document must show the official seal of the issuing authority. All official documents will be returned.
Applicant must submit a computer-generated itinerary from a travel agency or online booking tool (such as an e-confirmation) showing departure from the U.S.
If traveling on business and no itinerary is available, a letter on company letterhead indicating dates and purpose of travel MAY suffice. If applicant does not possess proper itinerary, please contact us for options.
Applicant must submit a "Letter of Authorization" which allows ItsEasy to submit the application to the US State Dept.
Must be printed SINGLE SIDED.
Applicant must submit one completed passport application form (DS-82) by following the link below. The US State Dept web site "wizard" will walk you through the application. Hand written applications will not be accepted for expedited services. After completing passport application online, print by pressing "Create Form" button. Single-sided printing only.
DO NOT forget to sign and date the completed application in blue or black ink after printing.
Note: While completing the application, the wizard will prompt you to select fees, shipping and processing options. Select any options to complete form. No payments will be made and options selected will have no affect on the actual service delivered by ItsEasy. The guide is simply to assist the general public in calculating fees for traditional mail-in applications.